Thursday, October 16, 2008

Forgot your book at school? No problem!

Did you know that you can find your child's Science and Social Science Textbooks online?
It is easy and can even save your child the trouble of lugging around heavy books.

For science just click this link:

Just click on the book cover for fourth grade. This will lead you to all sorts of activities to help your child learn more about their current science lessons.
In order to view the actual textbook just click on this link and enter the login info found below:
Username: casci04
Password: redwood

For Social Science it is just as easy.
Click on this link:

Simply click on the " For Students" tab (on the left side) and enter our class code: Owen2007

You will get a list of the textbooks in grade order. Just click on fourth grade.

Both of these sites have games and extra resources to help your children expand there knowledge in the sciences. How great is it to live in this day and age where your child's books can be found on your computer. My back still hurts from carrying all of my books around as a youth.

Please comment to this post and let us know how this resource has been helpful for your family.

Get AR information at home!

Become a more informed parent.

Now you can view your child's academic progress online (via the Accelerated Reader Program).

It's called Home Connect:
Home Connect builds a bridge between school and home and keeps parents informed of their child's progress toward Accelerated Reader goals. This useful information will not only keep you up to date on AR points as well as books your child is reading, it will also motivate them to read even more!

I encourage you to visit the website and view your child's information. It is totally awesome!

Just copy and paste this link into your browser and you are good to go:

or click HERE

You will need to enter your child's ID# and password. If you have misplaced the information just email me and I will send it to you.

Please post comments of how this program has improved reading at your home. We would love to hear your stories.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New writing resources hit home!

By now you have received your copy of the Tuesday Night Writing Parent Handbook. Students are also now using their Tuesday Night Writing folders. This is a sign that our writing program is in full swing in the fourth grade.

We are very excited to have the Parent Handbook this year that can be used at home for many purposes. Be sure to look inside to find a multitude of checklists and rubrics which help you understand what fourth grade writing should look and sound like. Not only will this resource be helpful for Tuesday Night Writing assignments but also for any writing that is being done at home.

Remember that Tuesday Night writing is assigned every Tuesday evening. These assignments might involve prewriting, drafting, publishing, or even a whole writing process to be done in one evening. Assignments will usually be related to our current science or social science instruction. It is not our goal to bog down our students with these assignments but to expand our writing instruction by bringing it into the home. Here are some tips and guidelines for having great TNW assignments:

- Write all final drafts in your best cursive (No typing please)
- Work must be completed by the student
- Parents assist by helping student to understand the writing assignment
- Email, post a comment, or call early if there is a question about an assignment
- Remove distractions in the home when writing is being done
- Don't wait until the last minute to do your writing
- Homework passes cannot be used on TNW
- Have fun with it. Writing is a very enjoyable exercises.